Tags: Greek Yogurt

18 Jan 2011, Comments (2)

Nancy’s Cultured Lowfat Cottage Cheese

Author: Healthnuttxo

Cottage cheese- I’ll admit I used to turn up my nose at the stuff when I was little. Slowly, yet surely, I broke down the wall and began to enjoy it- especially with fruit or jellies mixed in. Insert Nancy’s Cultured Lowfat Cottage Cheese- a bit different than any cottage cheese I’ve seen before. It has cultures in it, such as “Acidophilus” and “Bifidum” according to the package. Assuming these are similar to the cultures that are in yogurt, I was excited to try this. It was kind of like a two- for-one deal!

Before I tasted it, I really liked the package. It was pretty colorful, with fancy looking writing and stars on it. Pretty!

I opened up the package, and it sort of looked like rice pudding. A smooth top, with small curds of cottage cheese underneath. I took a scoop to taste, and instantly thought TART. I’m used to cottage cheese having a somewhat salty, slightly tart flavor, but this one was TART. It was almost as if greek yogurt (plain) and cottage cheese were mixed together. I’m not a huge fan of plain greek yogurt, I always have the flavored varieties, unless I mix the plain with something, for the very reason that I’m not a huge fan of the tangy aftertaste. Even after reading the lid of the carton of cottage cheese, it said it was a “fully cultured, tart’n’tangy taste”, so they certainly were telling the truth there!

Overall, while I love the benefits of cultures, can’t say I’m a big fan of the taste. Perhaps I will add some fruit or stevia next time to take off some of the tang, but as is, it’s too overwhelming for me. 2 stars.

1/2 cup is 80 calories, 1 gram of fat, 3 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 3 grams of sugar and 14 grams of protein.

What’s your favorite food that is tart? I do like some tart flavored frozen yogurt! =)

26 Aug 2010, Comments (5)

Chobani 0% Plain Greek Yogurt

Author: Healthnuttxo

We all know (or hopefully know) how much I looooove yogurt! It’s my healthy and usually sweet treat I make sure I eat everyday! Along with regular yogurt, I also enjoy greek yogurt. Although I normally go for flavored ones, Chobani sent me their 0% Plain Greek Yogurt to try.

The first thing I noticed was that a 6 oz cup is ONLY 100 calories, and 18 grams of protein! I was immediately impressed by that, since I’m not a big meat eater and need dairy/soy/eggs for my main sources of protein. PLus, that is very LEAN protein! No fat, and only 100 calories! Nice!

The texture was super thick and creamy, just like I like it. Unfortunately, I do not really enjoy greek yogurt plain. I did try some of this without anything mixed in or added, and found it rather tart for my likings. So, what could I mix with this? Well, I took some regular chocolate frozen yogurt and mixed it with the greek yogurt and let it freeze for a bit in the freezer. Voila! Yummy chocolate taste, and a boost of protein, with an additional creamier texture.

Overall, I give this 4 stars. Although I would probably never eat it as is, I can always mix something in to sweeten it. I have in the past also used those ranch seasoning powder mixes with plain greek yogurt instead of sour cream, and found that to be an excellent swap. I love that this is high in protein, low in calories, has 0 grams of fat  per 6 ounce serving.

Which makes me curious…
What do you like to mix in with plain greek yogurt? If you’d like to leave a comment, please do so below! : )

1 6oz yogurt is 100 calories, 0 grams of fat, 7 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 7 grams of sugar, and 18 grams of protein.

Cultured Pasteurized Nonfat Milk.

17 Apr 2010, Comments (0)

Chobani Champions

Author: Healthnuttxo

Chobani Champions are a new product from Chobani. They are still yummy greek yogurt, but in a smaller size ( 4 oz compared to the original 6 oz) and are geared towards kids (but of course, you and me can totally still eat them too! 😉 )

They come in 4 flavors, Verryberry, Strawnana, Honeynana, and Chocolate. I was lucky enough to be sent all 4 flavors, courtesy of Chobani, and couldn’t have been more excited. I LOVE greek yogurt! I was especially excited to try the Chocolate- who doesn’t love chocolate?

Verryberry- ooh, this one is tasty. You can definetely taste the cream they added, which makes the flavors much more rich and delicious. It has a predominant blueberry and strawberry flavor, with a hint of raspberry as well. It was sweet, but not too sweet, and tasted real. One of the reasons I love Chobani is because they use REAL fruit in their yogurts- no “flavors”. I can definetely taste the actual fruit- very yummy! 4 stars

Strawnana- this one literally is the smaller version of the Strawberry-Banana Chobani (which I reviewed HERE). Perfect blend of strawberry and banana flavors, and you can actually see little strawberry seeds dispersed throughout. This one reminds me of a home-made smoothie. Delicious. 4 1/2 stars

Chocolate- definietly more of a cocoa flavor than chocolate, but still enjoyable. It was also slightly bitter, giving more of a dark chocolate taste than milk chocolate. It was also sweet, but not hershey’s chocolate syrup sweet. It sort of reminded me of hot cocoa- but cold. It was REALLY good frozen (with bananas and dark chocolate almond granola!!), and reminded me of the chocolate frozen yogurt I usually get at my local frozen yogurt place (Red Mango, anyone??). This one the liquid also separated a little bit, but instead of stirring it in (DON’T pour it out!! you lose valuable nutrients!!), I just drank it up 🙂 It was actually quite yummy! 4 1/2 stars

Honeynana- FINALLY!!!!!!!!!! A REAL tasting banana yogurt!! No icky laffy-taffy banana flavor, or fake aspartame/sucralose banana flavor (thank you, DIET yogurts). This one was my favorite, for sure! A light honey flavor and just a hint of vanilla flavor complimented the banana very well. It was the perfect sweetness, and reminded me of a banana smoothie. 5 stars

Overall, these get 4 1/2 stars. They are all rich, creamy and refreshing. These yogurts (unlike a lot of other yogurts geared towards kids) don’t have artificial colors or flavors, and aren’t packed with refined sugars or High Fructose Corn Syrup (ew!!). I’m actually sort of upset they are in the 4 oz. size- I wish they were bigger, they are so delicious! I tried having the verryberry flavor with my cereal and fruit for breakfast, and it wasn’t enough to cover and coat all my delicious goodies that a normal Chobani can. However, I think these are perfect for a snack when you need more sustenance than a regular yogurt can provide, but don’t need ALL the protein of a full size greek (full sized greek yogurts can go up to 18 grams! wow!)

(don’t forget to enter my NATURE’S PATH giveaway– it ends MONDAY!!)

1 yogurt is 110-120 calories, 2 grams of fat, 14-17 carbohydrates, less than one gram of fiber, and 9 grams of protein.

Verryberry- cultured pasteurized nonfat milk, cream, evaporated cane juice, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, natural flavor, locust bean gum, pectin, fruit and vegetable juice (for color).

Strawnana- cultured pasteurized nonfat milk, cream, evaporated cane juice, strawberries, bananas, natural flavors, locust bean gum, pectin, fruit and vegetable juice (for color).

Chocolate- cultured pasteurized nonfat milk, cream, evaporated cane juice, nonfat milk, cocoa,  pectin,  natural flavor, locust bean gum, vanilla extract.

Honeynana- cultured pasteurized nonfat milk, cream, evaporated cane juice,  bananas, natural flavor, locust bean gum, pectin, turmeric (for color), clover honey.

29 Mar 2010, Comments (2)

Chobani Raspberry 0% Greek Yogurt

Author: Healthnuttxo

Let’s start off this post with a wow.
I just reviewed Chobani’s new strawberry banana greek yogurt, and thought it was quite tasty. So, I figured, why not also try the 0% raspberry flavor (which Chobani just happened to send me 😛 ) ?

I am happy to say, I have one of my new favorite flavors of yogurt!

This raspberry Chobani was, in a word, perfect. It gave me the sense that I was getting a fruit serving in with my yogurt- as in the flavor was REAL. Real raspberry flavor, no artificial flavors or dyes, and there were actual little bits and seeds dispersed thoughout the yogurt. The yogurt was a paleish pink (even without stirring), so you could tell it was bursting with flavor. Unlike the other fruit on the bottoms (peach, strawberry and bluberry), I found this Chobani was more like the strawberry banana flavor, and had the fruit dispersed and blended throughout, rather than the bulk of it on the bottom. It was sweet, but not overpowering at all. Of course, it was super creamy, but also refreshing. It was so nice to have a refreshing yogurt.  I almost wanted to have a glass of lemonade, grab my sunscreen/sunglasses and  hit the beach with this yogurt! (But, sadly, it was 7am and still a bit too nippy outside to break out the bikini). So, instead of that plan, I whipped out the last of my Cascadian Farm Dark Chocolate Almond granola and some fresh berries (with of course, a sploosh of whipped cream!) and I had yet another decadent, delicious and dessert-worthy breakfast (it really is the most important meal of the day, isn’t it? 🙂 )

Overall, this Raspberry Chobani deserves 5 stars. It really is one of the best greek yogurts I have had. Surprising to me, because I’m not a *huge* raspberry fan- I often think they are a bit bitter and I prefer juicy strawberries or apples (Chobani- come out with an apple flavor- please!!). But definietely try this yogurt!

1 yogurt is 140 calories, 0 grams of fat, 22 carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, and 14 grams of protein.

Cultured Pasteurized Nonfat Milk, Evaporated Cane Juice, Raspberries, Natural Flavor, Locust Bean Gum, Pectin, Fruit and Vegetable Juice.

23 Mar 2010, Comments (5)

Chobani Strawberry Banana 2% Greek Yogurt

Author: Healthnuttxo

New flavor alert!
One of my favorite companies Chobani sent me an e-mail asking to review one of their new flavors, Strawberry Banana 2% Greek Yogurt, a try. Honestly, HOW could I say no? Being the yogurt lover that I am, and seeing how much I adore Chobani Greek Yogurt, I knew this one HAD to be good. I reviewed some of their yogurts in the past, and loved them! Check them out here.

At first I was a little taken aback- 2%? Is that necessary? Fat Free Greek Yogurt is already super creamy- How can it get any better??

It can. Trust me it can. 😀

For those of you unfamiliar with Greek Yogurt, it has double the protein of regular yogurt, and is super creamy (think sour cream consistency). This particular Chobs has no artificial colors, flavors, high fructose corn syrup (YUCK!), is all natural, has probiotics, is gluten free and vegetarian (no gelatin!)

Moving on,

The Strawberry Banana 2% is amazing! I actually LOVED the addition of real cream as one of the ingredients along with milk- it really made a difference and brought such a dessert-like consistency and flavor to the yogurt. It was super creamy, with a few itty bitty strawberry chunks in it. The flavor was rockin’ too. A nice blend of strawberry AND banana (yes, both!). Neither were more overpowering- which I often find happens when you get mixed fruit yogurts. You taste one flavor predominantly over the other, and the company might as well not have bothered mixing the flavors together to begin with. Not the case here- the strawberry flavor was real and so was the banana. I hate the “fake” tasting banana (think- LAFFY TAFFY), but this tasted like actualy bananas were pureed and put in the yogurt. By itself, it’s not too sweet, just right in my opinion, and was certainly satisfying.

I had this new Chobani with sliced strawberries, dark chocolate almond granola (courtesy of Cascadian Farm), a drizzle of dark chocolate dreams (courtesy of PB&CO), and a sploosh of whipped cream. Ahh, what a DECADENT breakfast it was.

Overall, I give this flavor 4  stars. It was delicious, and certainly fed the hungry monster I like to call my stomach (grr that bottomless pit!). I also like that there was no HFCS or refined sugar commonly found in yogurts (and no artificial sweetners!) The only thing I DIDN’T like was that it had 2 grams of saturated fat per cup. 160 calories is quite high to spend on a cup of yogurt for someone who likes to add lots of mixins (cereal! fruit! peanut butter!). However, my stomach and my taste buds were satisfied ALL morning 🙂

What’s your favorite Chobani Flavor? Let me know which one’s to try!!

1 cup is 160 calories, 3 grams of fat, 19 carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, and 14 grams of protein.

Cultured Pasteurized Nonfat Milk, Evaporated Cane Juice, Strawberries, Bananas, Natural Flavors, Locust Bean Gum, Pectin, Fruit and Vegetable Juice (for color).

20 Feb 2010, Comments (3)

Oikos Caramel and Chocolate Greek Yogurt

Author: Healthnuttxo

Wait a second. Did you read correctly? Caramel and Chocolate GREEK YOGURT? And ORGANIC? No way.. it can’t be possible…

It is! 😉 Oikos has now officially combined sinful & good-for-you. Their 2 new greek yogurt flavors, available in individual 4 packs, of Pure Pleasure Caramel and Chocolate are good for you, the earth, and your taste buds.

 I was super excited when I finally located these in my grocery store, and picked up both without hesistation with the coupon Stonyfield provided me (Thanks, Kristina!). I couldn’t wait to dig in once I got home, and driving home was already thinking of how to try them. The caramel flavor with slices apples? popcorn? pears? The chocolate flavor with strawberries? pretzels? crushed up Annie’s bunny grahams? (okay, I admit, there was a few drool spots on my car seat from thinking of my delectable combinations…)

The greek yogurt part wasn’t as thick as traditional greek yogurt, but was more of a mixture of plain yogurt and greek put together. I didn’t mind that, in fact, I actually preferred it. I don’t really like my greek yogurt soooo thick when I’m eating it by itself. (However, if I’m eating granola with yogurt, I do like it thick). The yogurt part by itself was actually a little sweet, and then the pure pleasure was on the bottom.

 I decided to try the caramel flavor first. It wasn’t THICK like on a caramel apple, but smooth and easy to stir with the yogurt. It had a nice sweetness to it, with a buttery, even brown-sugar taste.

Next was the chocolate. The bottom was a little bit thicker than chocolate syrup, and tasted sort of like that too. Although not as sweet as your typical chocolate syrup, it had a rich cocoa flavor, and was also smooth and delicious.

I didn’t mix mine completely, I prefer to take spoonfuls where half the spoon is yogurt, half the spoon is caramel/chocolate, and let the mixing take place in my mouth 🙂 I think you can enjoy the sweet bottom, may it be caramel, chocolate or even fruit, better. These definietely get 4 1/2 stars. They are the perfect pick me up, with the perfect sweetness, and are a good size to pair with some fruit or granola for a snack or a light breakfast.

With one of my yogurts, I actually ate the whole top first, and then left the bottom to enjoy by itself! Which is why I think it’s a good thing these come in a 4 pack variety, I KNOW if it came in the 64 oz, or the BIG containers, all of you would just go straight for the caramel-ly or chocolatey goodness at the bottom, now wouldn’t you? 😛

1 container is 110 calories, 0 grams of fat, 17 grams of carbohydrates, 0 fiber,  and 10 grams of protein.

Caramel- ORGANIC NONFAT MILK, ORGANIC SUGAR, NATURAL FLAVOR, PECTIN, CARRAGEENAN.  CONTAINS FIVE LIVE AND ACTIVE CULTURES INCLUDING L. ACIDOPHILUS, BIFIDUS, AND L. CASEI.

ChocolateORGANIC NONFAT MILK, ORGANIC SUGAR, ORGANIC COCOA, PECTIN, NATURAL FLAVOR, ORGANIC CAROB BEAN GUM.  CONTAINS FIVE LIVE AND ACTIVE CULTURES INCLUDING L. ACIDOPHILUS, BIFIDUS, AND L. CASEI.

28 Oct 2009, Comments (1)

Brown Cow Greek Yogurt

Author: healthnuttxo

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Time for another yogurt review!
Brown Cow is a branch of Stonyfield Farm ( a FAVORITE company of mine!) that manufactures all natural yogurt and greek yogurt. I got to try the Greek Yogurt, in  Strawberry, Blueberry and Vanilla flavor, but it also comes in plain.

Each of the yogurts are very creamy and thick. When you take the lid off, there is a slight layer of liquid, whey I believe, on top, but it’s easily stirred in. I sometimes just drink the liquid so my yogurt will be extra thick and rich 🙂 .
Vanilla- This one has a mild vanilla flavor, and is great to pair with a crunchy cereal or a muffin like i did. It wasn’t overpoweringly sweet, but rather just the right amount of vanilla and cane juice.
Strawberry- My favorite of the 3. The strawberry on the bottom was really good. The fruit was sweet and plump, and had nice chunks of strawberries in it. It tasted like real strawberries, not like mushy strawberries that you defrosted and lost all their flavor. This one was GOOD.
Blueberry- also yummy, but I like the strawberry better. The blueberries were a tad bitter, but they were still good. It resembled sort of a blueberry jelly on the bottom.

Overall, these are really good.4 stars! I also like that they are sweetened with evaporated cane juice. They were substantial and when paired with some fruit or whole grain cereal, good enough to keep me satisfied all  morning. Don’t forget the probiotics it has to offer! 🙂

the 5.3 oz cups of greek yogurt range from 80-130 calories, 0 grams of fat, 6-18 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, and 13-15 grams of protein.

11 Aug 2009, Comments (2)

Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt with Honey

Author: healthnuttxo

Stonyfield Farm is my “go to” brand for yogurt. They have made a branch, so to speak, of organic greek yogurt, Oikos Organic Greek Yogurts. I like greek yogurt usually, but it’s bland tasting, and needs some flavor in my opinion, may it be fruit or granola or SOMETHING. Oikos has flavored yogurts, with honey, vanilla, strawberry and blueberry. I decided to use my free coupon provided generously by Stonyfield Farm and bought the Honey flavor.

So, 3 o clock rolls around and i am famished. I had a good workout at the gym today, so i’ve been craving protein all day long. Instead of my normal snack, i grabbed the Oikos Honey Organic Greek Yogurt out of my fridge. Greek yogurt is thicker than regular yogurt, and has almost double the protein. Opening my container, it was greek yogurt on top, honey on the bottom. Without mixing, the yogurt part tastes sweet. It’s really thick and creamy, with a sour cream like consistency. It’s slightly tangy, but the honey’s sweetness “leaked”, so it’s not too tart like plain greek yogurt. Onto the honey part, i know what your thinking. Honey? Isn’t it too thick? Nope. This isn’t your straight up “honey” from a jar- it’s more liquidy and has a jelly-like consistency. It’s almost like honey applesauce on the bottom. By itself it also isn’t as sweet as PURE honey, so it’s not overpowering. It’s a nice compliment to the greek yogurt. I didn’t completely mix mine, but i would just take a scoop and half my spoon would be honey, half yogurt. Delicious!

So the Pros & Cons for this snack? Well, it’s higher in protein, so it’s more satisfying. It hit the spot where my hunger was roaring this afternoon. It also has no fat, but tastes like it’s made from whole milk. Yummy! My only complaint is they added sugar AND honey. Why both? Shouldn’t honey be enough? And, it’s slightly lower in calcium than regular yogurt (15% as compared to my usual 25-30%). Otherwise- this yogurt is a winner in my book. It’s a nice change from other flavored yogurts. In fact- i went to the store today and bought another flavor-strawberry! (I will blog about that flavor soon!)

1 cup is 120 calories, 0 grams of fat, 18 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, and 13 grams of filling protein.

CULTURED PASTEURIZED ORGANIC NONFAT MILK, ORGANIC HONEY, ORGANIC SUGAR, PECTIN, ORGANIC CAROB BEAN GUM.

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